A new restaurant, Corners Tavern, cornered the tavern market on a prime downtown corner Wednesday evening.
On Broadway Plaza street, as some of the principals and chamber of commerce visitors monkeyed with oversized scissors on the steps out front, waiters were milling around inside with last-minute preparations.
After the last chandeliers had been installed and the glass on the snake cages cleaned (we'll come back to the snake cages), the last few days went smoothly. "We didn't have any major dramas," said Manager Raegan Hall.
OK, the snake cages. Co-owners Doug Washington and Freya Prowe found them for sale from a former reptile store in Berkeley. Corners staff cleaned them up, scrubbed out the glass and artists created dioramas in the many cages. My favorite is a domestic scene of underwear drying on a line.
Corners Tavern is the replacement for Bing Crosby's at a visible corner in downtown Walnut Creek a couple blocks from the new Neiman Marcus. The Bing Crosby's Restaurant and Piano Lounge was a big fixture at 1342 Broadway Plaza (at South Main Street). Its space is split between La Boulange Bakery and the new Corners Tavern, according to Inside Scoop SF. The chef will be Esteban Escobar, who once worked at Postrio.
There are more photos of the Corners Tavern interior on the SF Eater website.
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